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Japan’s Missing Wall of Money

Thomas Klitgaard

No 20131104, Liberty Street Economics from Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Abstract: The Bank of Japan announced an open-ended asset purchase program in January 2013 and an unexpectedly ramped-up version of the program was implemented in early April. Market commentary at that time suggested that flooding the economy with liquidity would lead to a ?wall of money? flowing out of Japan in search of higher yields, affecting asset prices worldwide. So far, however, Japan?s wall of money remains missing in action, with no pickup in Japanese foreign investment since the April policy shift. Why is this? Here we explain that while economic theory does not offer clear guidance on how financial outflows might respond to the injection of cash from central bank asset purchases, it does point to an important constraint on the potential size. In particular, monetary expansion will not cause a surge in financial outflows unless it also induces a similar surge in capital flowing into the country.

Keywords: monetary; policy; balance; of; payments; financial; account; current; account (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013-11-04
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